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Unleashed (Ross Siblings #1)

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  29,176 Ratings  ·  1,031 Reviews
One week in paradise will make or break them…

It’s not enough that Kelsey’s husband left her for another woman. Oh, no. The “other woman” had to be her best friend Evan’s fiancée. Not only has she lost her marriage, she fears losing Evan to the lingering awkwardness and humiliation that hangs between them.

Evan has no intention of letting that happen. He’s got plans…namely,
Kindle Edition, 216 pages
Published April 21st 2009 by Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
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UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

Warning! This title contains explicit sex between best friends, graphic language--and a hero who knows how to put the hot in "hot tub."

This is one of those times when I want to smack myself right upside the head for waiting so long to read a book because, wow, what a fun, emotional, sexy surprise Unleashed turned out to be. It has a great romance and an interesting, believable plot and to say this story is hot is putting it mildly!

I absolutely adored Evan. So amazing, so sexy, so wonderful… and
Nov 29, 2012 Mo rated it liked it
This was only an OK read for me. Usually I love the whole friends to lovers thing but this was lacking something. The sex scenes were fairly hot. I think the problem for me is when I finish a REALLY good book and then come across a book which I would probably think is quite good, after reading the REALLY good book ... are ya still with me? ... my expectation are way too high and I come away disappointed. I know loads of folks loved this one and kept reading the series. Not so sure I will.

*** 3 ***

An OK book for what it is - a contemporary romance with a lot of sex. It was not bad, but it was not that good either, very mediocre and a bit forgettable. I can't give it anything lower than 3 stars because there really isn't anything particularly wrong with the writing or the story, so it fits right in the middle. If I try to summarize the story, there will be not much left apart from sex for any who would like to read it to discover, so I am going to leave it at that.

I wish you all
Apr 22, 2012 Kelly rated it really liked it
Shelves: series, buddy-read
I liked this book, maybe not as much as I liked Rock Me, but there's only one Brian. Evan and Kelsey were really cute together and the sex scenes in the hot tub and in Evan's office were hot!

Looking forward to the third book in this series.
Aestas Book Blog
Jan 02, 2012 Aestas Book Blog rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Almost 4 stars.

“This has to be the craziest, scariest, sexiest, most emotionally exhausting and unbelievably orgasmic vacation I ever had.”

Another great fluff read! A super hot ‘n’ steamy, best-friend-to-lovers romance about the healing of two broken hears. A great light read for in between intense books.

For those of you who have read Rock Me, this is the first book from that series, about Brian‘s older brother. The books in this series do not need to be read in order though – they are each
Unleashed was, for the most part, an entertaining read. It's a bona fide friends-to-lovers storyline with all the typical, annoying, and at times, frustrating cliché scenarios. The hero was likable and swoon worthy, but I often found myself annoyed with the heroine. She was just a little too martyr-ish for my liking.

The chemistry between hero and heroine, however, made for some deliciously hot sex scenes. And that alone made reading this book worthwhile. 

Overall, Unleashed is a somewhat forgetta
Juliana Philippa
4.5 stars.
“I missed you,” she said softly and, though the top of her head only reached his chin, he heard that voice as if it had whispered in his ear. This was right. This was how they should be. He vowed in that moment to never let anyone come between them again. “I missed you, too,” he murmured.
Any fans of friends-to-lovers romances out there? If so, this is the book for you! I personally love this type of romance setup, because by default it avoids the immediate-lust trap that I have a str
Duchess Nicole
I ended up reading the Ross books backwards, Starting with Rock Me. And I must say, I didn't expect to love Evan so much. But his relationship with Kelsey just felt so right...from the first page of their story, I felt good about them. And when they get their sexy on, whew! **Fanning myself**

Evan is the older Ross brother. He has no self esteem hangups. He's a lawyer, so his situation is set. Now all he needs is a wife and 2.5 kids. His best friend since college is Kelsey, who used to be marrie
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
Nov 27, 2010 Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Erotica fans
Recommended to Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog) by: Elena R a.k.a. Lunies R
Evan Ross knows how to treat his woman right!

First off, I need to thank Elena, my smut librarian for this recommendation! Love ya!

Unleashed is a great friends to lovers story. I thought Evan was just the sweetest guy in the entire world. Under terrible times, Evan and Kelsey fly off to Hawaii to escape their fuck-up lives. I will admit, some parts that were a little too mushy for my taste, but it also made the romance believable.

And the sex? The sex was HAWT! Like I said, Evan know how to eat
This book has been on my TBR list for a while, and it was worth the wait. I loved this book. I read Rock Me, not knowing there was another book related to it. Evan and Kelsey were a great couple, but was a little irritated with Kelsey's ex-husband and the interference his presence played in Evan and Kelsey's relationship.

Other than that, I had no complaints. I had a hard time putting the book down, and stayed up way to late reading it. I can't wait to read other books from this author.
Ive read Rock Me before Unleashed. And i had this impression that Evan was stiff, too strict and too bossy with a big brother attitude... but i love him in this one! I'm a sucker of bff turns to lover thing...i love their drama and discovering that what you've searching all along is right by your side...yay!!!LOL

Evan was Kelsey's bestfriend who is also the bestfriend of his husband Todd, who kelsey caught having sex with Evan's fiancee Courtney.. Then there's the divorce, cancelled wedding &
Jul 26, 2012 Christy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sweet-guys
Evan and Kelsey are old friends. Kelsey caught her husband with Evan's fiancee in their bed. Obviously Kelsey gets divorced and Evan breaks off the engagement. There is just a matter of Evan's nonrefundable Hawaii honeymoon... he decides to take his old friend Kelsey. Sparks fly and they realize they are much more than friends... due to other issues they get called back from trip early, some drama there but the ending does not dissapoint. I have to say If you like this PLEASE read 'Rock Me' abou ...more
Awilk -never sleeps-
I was expecting a late night so I could finish this, but instead I made the kids look after themselves so I could get this finished at a reasonable hour. Plus I didn't want to stop reading this.
If the main characters had communicated a little better there relationship would have been so much better, and they wouldn't of wasted years apart. That would of made for a very boring story though, and I would of missed out on reading this wonderful, feel good romance.
I truly enjoyed this much more than
Omg, i loved this book!! It was sooooo sweet and sexy as all get out!! Loved the whole friends to lovers theme. Loved that Evan and Kelsie had secretly been pining away for each other for ten years but remained nothing more than super close friends through other relationships, and a failed marriage. Everything they suffered through made their HEA, in the end, sooo much sweeter!! Loved it!!!

Sep 19, 2011 Wendy rated it really liked it
This is such a great and beautiful story. I couldn't help but fall in love with Evan Ross. The chemistry he and Kelsey share, just blew me away, and it certainly got the little heartstring into a flutter.

Girls, you were so right, I did love this one!
December 2013 reread.

Don't get me wrong. My love for Brian Ross and his bad ass, fierce ways means Candace is one lucky bitch! I sometimes forget just how much Evan Ross rocked my world with this first book, though. Great time for a re-read!
May 17, 2012 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a sweet romance story!!!! I loved Evan and Kelsey's story. It was the perfect HEA I needed after the emotional roller coasters I've been reading lately. It had everything a really good romance needs. Evan Ross... so swoony... the lighthearted and funny guy, gorgeous and confident, successful in his life, but lacking in his romantic history. As a serial monogamist, Evan, liked attachment but never quite felt fulfilled after long time college friend the beautiful and sweet Kelsey, met and mar ...more
I've read this series backwards and am surprised by how different this was from the second and third book. It's pretty conventional and sweet, but forgettable. I liked the friends-to-lovers theme, and enjoyed the dynamic between the two leads, but the history between the two led to too much martyr behavior and weepiness from the heroine. I think I would have enjoyed a longer time period for the romance. Everything felt too quick.
Feb 24, 2011 Kathleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this story, it was an easy hot read for me that had a very HEA ending.
Mar 30, 2011 Emily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: betrayal, own-kindle
When Kelsey walked in on her husband with her close friend's fiance' going at it, she thought her life had fallen apart. Evan was not worried he had lost his fiance' but he was concerned for his long time friend Kelsey, trying to give her space and yet be there for her he figures enough time has passed that she needs a push to start her life again.

Evan invites Kelsey on the honeymoon he never took as friends, but Evan quickly finds that he wants Kelsey a lot more than friends. Kelsey has always
Dana aka ♥Belladonna♥
3.75 Stars
I'd just come off of reading a few dark books when I picked this one up. I think because of it I've probably rated this one just a teensy bit higher than I would normally. You know how it is: book slump + book depression = book love for a HEA.

This was an easy read. A great second-chance romance. I loved how intelligent the characters were. And, of course, the sex was smokin' hot. Made me think about getting a hot tub. ;-)

Really, though, I read this just so I could get to book 2, Rock
R.E. Hunter
Jun 23, 2012 R.E. Hunter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book. It was a quick read but that didn't change anything for me. I read the Ross Siblings books out of order, so I read Rock Me first. I really didn't think anything/anyone could beat Brian Ross. That book was a lemon bonanza and I immediately fell for Brian. I held off a bit before reading Unleashed because I thought it would pale in comparison to Rock Me, but to me it was actually better! I thought there was such a sweet, amazing story behind Evan and Kelsey's love. It ...more
Stacia (the 2010 club)
Lite erotica romance. Eh. I went back and read this because it was the book that came before Rock Me. This book was pretty mediocre and standard, whereas I truly enjoyed the fun and rebellious vibe of Rock Me. I'd say skip this one and go right to Rock Me if you like your boys bad and your settings to be of the tattoo parlor and rock concert variety, rather than being stuck in a stuffy office and Hawaiian hotel room. The books read like stand-alones, so you're not missing much by skipping this o ...more
Jan 01, 2012 Steph rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-read
I've had this book on my Kindle for such a long time, and I wish I had read it sooner because I loved it.
I really liked the fact that it was Kelsey and Evan who were friends before their partners came along (that they didn't meet through them). They had been through so much together already, both desperately wanting to be together all these years but both equally afraid to lose their incredible friendship.

Now, together they face the aftermath of both of their partners cheating on them, with
Rose May
Jun 19, 2011 Rose May rated it it was amazing
Shelves: a-minus
Note: This review, and all my reviews, comes from my blog - Romantic Rose's Bookshelf (

Meet Kelsey Peterson and Evan Ross – lawyers working for opposite sides of the courtroom, best friends of ten years, and co-partners in crimes of the sexual nature (really, the noise level is just criminal). Kelsey and Evan have been best friends since college, where Kelsey met (and eventually married) Evan’s best friend Todd. She and Todd weren’t terribly happy together,
I really want to kick myself for not reading this earlier, it had been on my wishlist for ages.

One really important thing for me is a epilogue. A really good epilogue to me is like ice cream on the cake! A fantastic epilogue is like a pleasurable vacation in paradise, and it's location landed us in Hawaii!

Evan & Kelsey have been best friends since college, Kelsey has always had a thing for Evan. After realizing he didn't share those feeling and she was more of a "little sister" to him Kels
Anne OK
Feb 04, 2012 Anne OK rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Anne OK by: Amazon Kindle Freebie
Shelves: 2012-reads
3.5 Stars

This is a case of wife finds husband in a compromising position with her best friend’s fiancée and divorce follows. Of course, there’s no marriage for the best friend either at this point. So Evan and Kelsie, who have been friends since college days, share the non-refundable honeymoon in Hawaii that Evan’s parents bought and paid for. Afterwards, the two return home as lovers looking towards a future of their own. Seems they've both secretly yearned for the other through the years. Howe
Beanbag Love
Nov 14, 2012 Beanbag Love rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: contemporary romance fans who like a lot of sex in their books
Recommended to Beanbag by: Uniquely Moi
Uniquely Moi's reviews of this series got me interested and I'm glad. This was a decent book. More of a 3.5 rounded up, but I like the old friends to lovers trope and this one is handled well.

Kelsey and Evan have been friends since college. Kelsey married a childhood friend of Evan's who ended up cheating on her with Evan's fiance. Evan's betrothal is broken, but he's been given a honeymoon trip to Hawaii by his parents that will go to waste as they can't get their money back. He invites Kelsey
Riverina Romantics
3.5 Stars

The downside to reading a really great series is that the next few book never seem to live up to it no matter how good they are - and i think that was my problem with this book.

I had already read Rock Me (the second installment in this series) which i really enjoyed, but this one I didnt really enjoy as much. It was way to descriptive to the point that you didnt have any change to use your own imagination because the author told you every single thing that the charachters were thinking.
Serena (The Book Comedian)
Satisfying but not astounding

Recommended to those whose brains' are suffering from post traumatic turmoil from an amazing book.

You know how when you finish that book but you can't stop thinking about it and you just aren't ready to get emotionally attached to another book because you're brain would explode, so you settle for an easy read. yeaa.
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“I'd miss you. I'd miss you like crazy. I don't see how any man with a beating heart and rushing blood wouldn't” 25 likes
“Evan …” she murmured, wrapping her soft arms around his neck. Their position had her lips near his ear. She’d lost her headband somewhere. He could smell the strawberry of her shampoo, feel the tickle of her sluggish breath stirring his hair. “Evan.”

“Kelsey. Move over here, lie down.”

She pulled back slightly, her bleary eyes trying to focus on his. The weight of her head still seemed too much for her neck to support and her hair flowed over his arm. “Evan, I always liked you.”

“I always liked you, too, honey.” The way she kept saying his name in that intoxicated purr, savoring the v between her teeth and her bottom lip, was unnerving. Unnerving, hell. It had his dick twitching in his pants. “Come on, girl, you need to sleep it off.”

“I mean I like liked you.”

[…] Her hands caught his face, surprising him. He should have moved away from her long ago, before she could get her hands on him. As it was, he felt like a fly caught in the sticky gossamer of a spider’s den. “Always wanted to fuck you, y’know that? Even when I was a virgin.”

He drew in a breath, exhaled it shakily. So much for prudish.

Note to self: Kelsey now gets unbelievably horny when drunk.”
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